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Do you recommend Music Composition for Dummies?

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Hello everyone,,

I attended music school for 8 years, from ages 7 to 15. I was studying piano, but since I went to a public school with government approved study plan, I also studied some basic music theory.

I understand intervals, showbox.bio/ tutuapp.uno/  vidmate.vet/ basic chords (all thirds and a dominant seven) and scales, but they didn’t teach anything about composition, so how all these elements work together in music.

Would you recommend the book Music Composition for Dummies for someone like me????

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Yes. I have it and it's great to get started. Although I don't use it as much now I have gained experience, it was really valuable for me.

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On 2/23/2019 at 9:27 AM, Kidbooo said:

Hello everyone,,

I attended music school for 8 years, from ages 7 to 15. I was studying piano, but since I went to a public school with government approved study plan, I also studied some basic music theory.

I understand intervals, showbox.bio/ tutuapp.uno/  vidmate.vet/ basic chords (all thirds and a dominant seven) and scales, but they didn’t teach anything about composition, so how all these elements work together in music.

Would you recommend the book Music Composition for Dummies for someone like me????

 

I would not. You basically already have all the building blocks to compose ready. 

The best way to get started is to just pick a scale and write a melody, then put chords to it. On the most basic level it's as simple as matching a triad from the scale that contains many of the given notes in the phrase/bar/beat. Put a bassline underneath on the root notes with some passing tones in between to smooth it out, and there you go. Try to make each note in a chord move to the nearest chord tone in the next chord.

Studying existing music and just mimicking stuff you like is easily more valuable than most books when it comes to learning.  

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